Making good decisions.

Once I’ve got beyond whether I want my breakfast egg scrambled or boiled, I can give myself a hard time over decisions. And even the egg question can be a bit of a facer on a bad day!

I have a tendency, if not watched, to see any number of sides to questions and have to make a conscious effort to get a grip on myself so that I don’t lose sight of the important things.

Putting on my coaching hat, I remind myself that what’s needed is a systematic approach and information – preferably high quality.

If you’ve read other parts of this blog, you won’t be surprised to know that I recommend Mind Maps ( as a really helpful way of pulling together everything in your head on a particular topic.

Getting stuff from other heads needs care, too. Asking someone what the “best” way to deal with a problem is can put them on the spot and paralyse their thinking. Try asking “How many ways can you think of to deal with ….?” They then get to say all the things that come to mind and you can see what ideas that sparks off for you.

Once you’ve done your gathering, try the Cartesian questions on the alternatives:

What will happen if I (for example) resign?

What won’t happen if I resign?

What will happen if I don’t resign?

What won’t happen if I don’t resign?

By now you should have a much clearer picture and be better equipped to come to a decision you can feel confident about.

Tip: Don’t be hard on yourself if it turns out you made the wrong choice – it doesn’t help, either at that moment or when it makes you doubt your decision-making ability next time.

Rise Business Development Circle

I’ve joined forces with my friend, Luanne Hill of Accent on the Positive, to create a new group for women in the early stages of running a business and for those who are wondering if that’s the way forward for them.

So many women who could move their working lives up to a whole new level don’t do it because they don’t feel confident of their ability to present themselves or their ideas, to sell themselves or their product or service.

They often feel that it’s beyond them – that “People like me don’t do that” syndrome – when all that’s needed is some well-placed support.

So we’re aiming to take the best bits of networking – finding people you can collaborate with productively and building a support system – and combining it with training in business basics.

Add to that the natural inclination of women to cooperate and learn from each others’ experience and you’ve got a network strong enough to support its members long-term.

Like to join us? Find out more at or contact us:

.uk or 0759 357 9636

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